Art Pepper

The Best of Art Pepper

Contemporary CCD5714-2)

Smack Up; Tin Tin Deo; *Move; Too Close For Comfort; You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To; Softly As In A Morning Sunrise;* Bernie's Tune; I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me; Getting' Together; Mambo Koyama; **The Prisoner; **Our Song; Over the Rainbow (78.23)

Art Pepper, alto sax,tenor sax with Pete Jolly, Red Garland, Russ Freeman, Dolo Coker, Stanley Cowell , Wynton Kelly, piano; Jimmy Bond, Paul Chambers, Joe Mondragon, Cecil McBee, bass; Frank Butler, Philly Joe Jones, Mel Lewis, Jimmy Cobb, Roy Haynes, Carl Burnett, drums; plus The Marty Paich Dektette* and a string section on **.


Sadly Art Pepper has been gone more than twenty years and although we are served by many other excellent alto saxophone players, he remained the closest to the great Charlie Parker, albeit still retaining his individuality.

Some of the greatest sides recorded by Art during his 40 year career are included in this super collection. His tone, delivery and ideas are outstanding. He is supported by a cavalcade of the finest Jazz musicians, which help to make almost any of these tracks by Pepper a gem.

This is a good representation of Art's finest recordings.

by Al Merritt